A Contemporary Wish
Tomorrow, the film adaptation of the dystopian novel the Hunger Games will be released worldwide. Since I was a huge Harry Potter fan and saw almost every film when they were released, I can understand the Hunger Games fans’ excitement. At the same time, I’m also disappointed.
The reason for this is that it seems like film companies think that all youth care about is action, adventure, and romance. Before the Harry Potter series (both the films and books) were complete, I read contemporary teen fiction novels like Looking For Alaska and Thirteen Reasons Why, books were just as good, important, and sometimes better than fantasy. Sometimes I’d think, “This book should be made into a movie.” Yet, it seems because the contemporary teen fiction hasn’t sold as much as Harry Potter, they weren’t made into films. Eventually, it made me wonder if the film industry was a popularity contest.
In this present day era, there have been non-book adaptation teen films such as Finding Forrester that present teens in an honest and realistic light. For whatever reason, films like these seem too scarce. In fact, good contemporary teens films seemed to have peaked in earlier times, with films like Rebel Without a Cause and The Outsiders. When you consider how much of an impact the entertainment media has on youth, there is a huge difference between a cookie cutter film and an authentic one. Whether it comes from a book or not, a film should have a fresh impact on people.
Recently, I’ve heard the film adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being A Wallflower will be released later this year. Depending on how I feel, I may or may not see the film. However, when it is released, I will pray that similar teen films will follow.